By JUDY SHERIDAN
Janet and Drew Richards, co-owners of a new convenience store called Flamingo Turnaround on Horseshoe Bend Trail, are working to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption in Parker County Justice of the Peace Precinct No. 3.
“We’re trying to get it wet,” Janet said. “This would benefit businesses and give us more [sales tax] revenues to help with road maintenance.”
The Richards, who applied for a petition Jan. 3, have until March 10 to collect 2,745 signatures from precinct residents who are also registered voters in order to put the issue on the ballot in November, according to Elections Administrator Robert Parten.
The required number of signatures, which must be validated by the elections office, is equal to 35 percent of those who voted in the last gubernatorial election.
Weatherford residents who live in Precinct 3 can also sign the petition and vote on the issue if an election is called, Parten said.
Petitions have been placed at Teskey’s, Outlaw BBQ on Ranger Highway, Tommy’s in Millsap, Lambert Switch Cafe, Cody’s on Tin Top Road and Flamingo Turnaround, Janet said.
Justice of the Peace Precinct No. 3 encompasses most of southern Parker County.
It is bounded on the east by Bear Creek Road and East Bankhead Drive, on the north by Mineral Wells Highway and on the south and west by the county line.
It includes the Baker Community, the Tin Top area, Horseshoe Bend, Brock-Dennis, Cool-Millsap, Greenwood and Harmony.
Justice of the Peace Precincts No. 1 and No. 2 both allow liquor sales, Parten said, while in Precinct No. 4, Hudson Oaks permits alcohol to be sold for off-premise consumption and Willow Park allows alcohol sales for off-premise consumption as well as in restaurants. Residents of Aledo will vote on the issue in May.
“Precinct No. 3 is pretty much all dry, except for the City of Millsap,” Parten said. “Millsap permits the legal sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption. There are also some sections of Weatherford [which is wet] in Precinct No. 3.”
In addition to the Richards’, others signing the application for the petition were Joy Holder, E.J. Vermillion, Robert Hardin, Michael Maricle, Emma Treadway, Joyce Bosley, Carl Story, Janet Richards, Melvin Richards, Natasha Davis, David Jones, Carl Keller, Ken Bryant and Bill Ellis.